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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: May 15, 2009 5:11am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Driller Killer

You would need to see a copyright lawyer or clearing house that has access to the Library of Congress copyright card records. They can research the copyright status and provide advice and a determination of status (If you go directely to the LOC they only give file info - no advce or determination of status). You would need a lawyer's copyright report to get any insurance to indemnify yourself against copyright suits. You would also need a trademark search for the title. Again that would probably need to be done by a copyright lawyer or clearing house.

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Poster: dmartin23 Date: May 15, 2009 5:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Driller Killer

Right ok Thanks. Im in the UK. Does the films public domain status apply worldwide or just US? sorry about all the questions. Just getting advice

Dan

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: May 15, 2009 5:36am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Driller Killer

Under most international conventions generally the original film used in its entirety would be considered public domain everywhere. But that is only for copying and distributing the original film in its original form.

However, under UK law strong protection is given to all underlying rights in a film (that's the script, music, direction, etc.) and the concept of the moral rights of the author are even stronger.

There is a remake of the film Driller Killer in the works set for release next year. According to IMDBpro Abel Ferrara was going to produce it and it was to be directed by Asia Argento. The scripter/director is listed as Andrew Jones with David Hess in the lead role. Its a Welsh "Masterplan Films" production and they list it at s 2.5 million pounds budget and "in negotiations". http://www.masterplanfilms.co.uk/forthcomingfilms.html scroll down the page its after the first entry.